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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

OMB's Clay Johnson predicts e-government's future

"By the time the Bush administration is out of office in 2008, all the 25 original E-Government initiatives should be fully implemented.

That is one White House's goals for the President's Management Agenda over its last 2 1/2 years, according to Clay Johnson, the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management.

'We have demonstrated we can do these things over the past few years, so we have to continue to focus on performance,' Johnson said earlier this week at the 8th annual Government Performance Summit in Washington sponsored by The Performance Institute of Arlington, Va. 'We have the ability to set targets and move to them. We couldn't do that 10 years ago.'

Additionally, Johnson said he expects the public to be using 80 percent to 90 percent of the 25 Quicksilver projects to their full capabilities by 2008.

He also said agencies will fully implement all nine of OMB's Lines of Business Consolidation initiatives - budget formulation, case management, federal health architecture, financial management, human resources management, geospatial, grants management, IT infrastructure and IT security - and demonstrate high level of services for lower costs.

Besides e-government, the administration expects that Congress will pass some sort of civil service modernization, including pay-for-performance, for every agency, and that at least 22 Chief Financial Officer Act agencies will have unqualified financial audits. He also said the administration expects to continue to show savings through competitive sourcing competitions, where agencies compete inherently commercial positions with the private sector. "

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